Five bodies found in Peshawar, Swabi

November 10, 2011

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PESHAWAR/SWABI, Nov 10: Five bodies, two stuffed in gunny bags, were found in separate places of Peshawar and Swabi on Thursday.

Officers of the Mathra police station of Peshawar said they called in the bomb disposal squad (BDS) after being informed about the presence of two suspicious gunny bags on Pejagi Road in the morning.

The BDS found bodies of two bearded men, one aged around 35 years and the other around 40 years, in the bags but no identification papers on them. Police said it was likely the two were killed somewhere else and dumped there at night.

Ostensibly, they were poisoned as no marks of torture were found on the bodies. The bodies were shifted to the Khyber Medical Colleges mortuary for autopsy.

Police inquired from the residents of Pejagi Road about the bodies but none could help with the identification of the victims. Families of the dead might turn up after publication of the news, police said.

One police officer said the two didn't appear to be locals. He recalled a similar case on Charsadda Road where four bodies found in gunny bags four months.

In Swabi, the three bodies, all of unidentified women and carrying marks of torture, were found in the fields near the Daulat-Gumbat police check post.

Police felt that the women might be victim of domestic violence but were clueless about their identity. Since the bodies were found in a Sawbi-Mardan border area, they said the dead could belong to any of the two districts.

Police later placed the bodies in the Yar Hussain basic health unit for identification but to no avail by Thursday night. They will be laid to rest by police after approval by tehsil municipal administration if they remain unidentified even after posting their pictures at public places.

Police hoped to trace the identity of the dead soon.

A local resident said initially the police were reluctant to take the bodies, perhaps because of the time municipal authorities took to permit the interment of a girl whose body was found lying in the area governed by the city police station a day ago.

Police registered the case and began investigations but got no clues about the whereabouts of the dead women by night.